The month-long celebration of local arts and culture features artists and art studios in Tamborine Mountain, Canungra, Beechmont, Boonah, the Lost World Valley, Beaudesert and Kalbar.
Tamborine Mountain textile artist Bec Andersen says the Open Studios initiative provides visitors a rare insight into the creative process involved in producing art professionally. She will open her textile and rug making studio to the public and reveal how she uses trees, plant roots and even cactus to create natural colour dyes.
“Studios of the Scenic Rim is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to step inside the creative spaces of local artists. It makes art more accessible and supports the endeavours of our local talent,” she says.
Another participating artist, Christopher Trotter, will be an artist in residence at Tamborine Mountain, where he will display the Dr Suess-style sculptures which he fashions from scrap metal. He and Ms Andersen are two of more than 25 artists involved in the month-long open studios event.
Every weekend from May 4 to June 3 artists will open their studio doors to the public, or will convene in a central place to meet and discuss their art style, their creative approach and what inspires them.
The Open Studios Festival begins on May 4-5 in Beaudesert with the Murri Arts event and The Drumley Walk. The weekend will be a celebration of the indigenous Mununjali people of the Scenic Rim and features a community art and poetry project, the Jingi Wahlu photographic exhibition, indigenous culture workshops and an Arts Dinner featuring performances by the Jaran Dancers, William Barton and David Page. Chef Bryant Wells, of Brisbane’s Tukka Restaurant, will lead demonstrations in cooking with native Australian ingredients.
On May 13, a range of Scenic Rim artists, artisans and fresh food producers will gather in the Worendo Olive Grove in the Lost World Valley for Arts in the Olives. The day will feature art workshops, musical performances, free activities for the kids and gourmet food and wine stalls.
On May 19-20, Tamborine Mountain takes centre stage with local arts community opening their studio doors this weekend for the Open Studios of the Scenic Rim event. Participating artists include sculptors Christopher Trotter and Kate French, textile artist Bec Andersen, bookbinder Lorraine Brown and landscape artist Fiona Rafferty.
On May 26-27, Boonah and Kalbar will be featured with the historic Boonah Butter Factory hosting the Open Studios weekend events. Local artists, Felicity Smith, Catherine Anderson and Rachael Brook will be on hand to explain to visitors how they create their artwork.
Nearby at Kalbar a group of developing artists will exhibit their art at the 103-year-old, Heritage-listed Wiss Emporium.
On June 2 and 3, Open Studios of the Scenic Rim moves to Canungra and Beechmont for the final instalment. Meet local painters, fibre artists, potters and pets at the Wallaby Ridge Retreat Artists’ Studio in Canungra and see how they create their art. Book in for watercolour and drawing lessons, stay for afternoon tea or overnight.
At Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, artists Sharon Louise and Therese Flynn-Clarke will be in residence all weekend. Sharon Louise will offer two free photography workshops, while Therese will lead workshops in basket weaving.
Entry to most studios is free and no studio is more than 90 minutes from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, and some are much closer. Most artists will have works available for sale and are also available to work on commissioned pieces. Some Open Studios workshops must be booked in advance.
For full details of the participating studios and artists go to www.liveatthecentre.com.au and click the link for Open Studios.